WELCOME TO PEER GROUP:
THE PRIMATE EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP
We are a troop of hominids physically based in Cambridge in the UK. We carry out research into the evolution and ecology of primates.
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH INTO PRIMATE EVOLUTION AND ECOLOGY
Welcome to the PEER Group website. We are an international team of scientists from several different research institutions, but physically based in Cambridge, UK. The team is led by Dr Jacob Dunn, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Anglia Ruskin University.
We supervise a fantastic group of Postdoctoral Research Fellows, PhD students, Masters students and Undergraduate dissertation students (read more about our Team). We also collaborate with other researchers from many other countries around the world (read more about our collaborations).
PEER Group research is focused on primate evolution and ecology, with a particular emphasis on vocal communication and the evolution of language. However, we also have a strong interest in primate welfare and conservation. Primates are among the most threatened animal groups on earth, but they are essential in the conservation of tropical rainforests.
Our main research areas
PEER Group members carry out research in a range of fields related to primate evolution and ecology. Our work can be broadly divided into four main areas: bioacoustics (i.e., how animals produce, detect, and respond to sound), primate communication and the evolution of language, eco-acoustics for animal welfare and conservation, and macro-evolution and phylogenetic comparative methods.